Penn State Hershey Eye Center has made significant strides in promoting life-long learning throughout the entire department by providing educational programs for our ophthalmic technicians and front-office personnel in addition to our faculty, residents, and medical students.

Medical Students at Penn State College of Medicine

At Penn State, we have redesigned medical student education in ophthalmology to ensure that all physicians - regardless of whether they pursue a life in ophthalmology - master the ophthalmic fundamentals.  The cornerstone of this transformation is our one-day, required ophthalmology experience for third-year medical students, recently highlighted in the journal Ophthalmology.

In addition to this one-day experience and our ophthalmology clinical and research electives, we have integrated educational activities throughout all four years of medical school.  Our student-led ophthalmology interest group provides Penn State College of Medicine medical students the opportunity to gain valuable exposure to the field of ophthalmology in their early years of training.

Resident Physicians

Penn State Hershey Eye Center offers outstanding educational experiences for its residents.  We have developed an ophthalmic surgery simulation program, as well as an improved surgical skills evaluation process, to ensure our residents are well-prepared to care for patients at the completion of their training.

"Education is a top priority in our department.  Our faculty combine teaching with a thriving clinical practice, so we encounter a broad variety of patient problems.  The high level of teamwork among residents and faculty definitely enhances our experience"
Matthew Hosler, M.D., Ph.D.
Alumni Resident


Faculty of the Penn State Hershey Eye Center not only shape the educational experiences of medical students and residents; they are afforded numerous opportunities to expand their own knowledge through attendance at Grand Rounds, Frontiers in Eye & Vision Research lectures, Ethical and Quality Assurance discussion sessions, and participation in national and international meetings with colleagues practicing in their subspecialities.

Technical & Support Staff
The Penn State Hershey Eye Center provides opportunities for all levels of staff to improve their knowledge base and enhance their job satisfaction.

The Annual Educational Update for Ophthalmic Medical Personnel provides continuing education opportunities at the intermediate level for Ophthalmic Medical Personnel (including Assistants, Technicians, Technologists, Orthoptists, and Ophthalmic photographers) throughout a tri-state area.  Application is made each year for Category A JCAHPO continuing education credits as well as OPS credits for photographers. 


Registration is required.  For details, please contact Andrea Leonard at 717-531-8783 or email her at